Currently, the HS2 route through Leeds cuts through several housing estates and cuts across motorways which will cause years of disruption and delays for demoltion and construction. This is how Leeds will be affected, according to HS2's own documents, if the route DOES go ahead as planned.
A new station will be created which will require 26 businesses to be demolished. A burial ground, two Grade II listed buildings and the Roman Road 712 route will be 'permanently affected' by HS2.
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There will be delays on the M621 in Leeds at junctions 2 and 3, as well as the A58(M), the A61, Hunslet Road, Neville Street, the A653, Wellington Street, Aire Street, Princes Square and several others.
Roads which will be closed include Neville Street and the A653. This means 13 different bus routes will have to be diverted for years while works are completed, with bus stops moved.
Roads in the area around Myrtle Street, Holmes Street, Kidacre Street, Sovereign Street as well as New Lane will be affected by construction, including the permanent loss of car parking on roads.
Asda's national headquarters in Leeds City Centre will be demolished if the current route goes ahead as planned.
The hotel is one of 26 businesses set to be knocked down for HS2 to be built in the current plans
The route in Hunslet, Leeds will require 25 businesses to be knocked down including The Queens at Stourton Public House and Leeds Specialist Autism Services.
Mecca Bingo is just one of the businesses which will be bulldozed for the works
Delays and diversions will hit: the M1 junctions 44 and 45, the M1 junctions 30 and 31, M1 (junction 47), in both directions.
As well as 11 roads being permanently closed, a playing pitch and part of the outdoor space associated with Hunslet Club on Hillidge Road will be demolished.
Parking in Leeds city centre will be lost, while roads including Jack Lane will be shut for several years
Land required for construction would mean temporary loss of 75 per cent of Weet Wood, of which 25 per cent would be permanently bulldozed. 15 per cent of Hawk's Nest Wood will also be gone.
The River Aire in Leeds will be temporarily closed at points during construction, meaning you won't be able to navigate down the river